Petition to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Cover Letter to the Formal Petition
Submitted on July 1, 2001

The Ventures Hall of Fame Induction Committee
c/o P.O. Box 56
St. Thomas, VI 00804-0056

July 1, 2001

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
Attention: Ms. Susan Evans
1290 Avenue of the Americas, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10104

Dear Ms. Evans and Foundation Members:

This is the sixth package that I am sending to you, on behalf of fans of The Ventures from around the world, petitioning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct The Ventures. Attached to this cover letter is a formal petition and emailed petition "signatures" from 636 more fans of The Ventures. Added to the petition signatures submitted in the five previous packages, this makes a total of 4,277 fans who have taken the time to make their voices heard in support of the induction of The Ventures. In the cover letters to the five previous petition packages, I wrote at length on the reasons why The Ventures are deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I also shared some of the sentiments of fans, fellow rock musicians, and professional music critics about The Ventures. For reference purposes, I am enclosing with this petition package copies of those five previous cover letters because, if read objectively, they present a very compelling argument as to why The Ventures should have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame many years ago. For this sixth petition package, my message is very brief:

- First, regardless of what you may think of the kind of music that The Ventures play, it is an undeniable fact that they have been extremely influential in the development of rock and roll and, particularly, in the development of the electric guitar as the primary musical instrument of rock and roll. Countless thousands, if not millions, of young men and women throughout the world have been influenced by the music of The Ventures to pick up the guitar and learn to play. As a prime example, I am submitting along with this package a CD entitled Underground Fire Plays The Ventures: Volume V. This is the fifth CD produced by fans of The Ventures who were influenced by this great band. These are fans who are not big-name, professional musicians, but "average guys" who learned to play guitar and who developed a keen interest in rock and roll music because of The Ventures. I urge you to take a few minutes to sample some of the tracks on this fan-produced CD and read the personal stories of some of the musicians, as presented in the CD insert. I think you'll be amazed by the quality of the music -- all thanks to the influence and inspiration provided by The Ventures.

- Second, a young fan of The Ventures from today's generation speaks eloquently of the difference between The Ventures, who are now in their fifth non-stop decade of producing timeless instrumental rock and roll, and many of today's "one-hit wonders" and "cookie cutter" singers and rock groups. Here's what Ms. Mary Ruth Schuman from Visalia, California has to say about The Ventures:

I watched The Ventures play Palookaville in Santa Cruz last weekend. It was my first surf concert, and it was the most amazing three hours of my life. Their talent and passion, the energy of their music, has changed completely the way I listen to modern music. What an era I grew up in - where our rock stars often don't play any instruments, don't compose their own music or write their own lyrics . . . many of them use instruments that make voices sound wonderful in the studio, so seeing them live is a huge disappointment. I feel a little cheated, having been told by the music industry that that was as talented as rock stars needed to be -- that all these one-hit-wonders of late are as good as it gets. And I envy people like my father, who had the experience of growing up with real music like The Ventures. I'm a little ashamed that I live in a world which hails people who made a lot of money off a few trendy songs during a few years of fame, yet fails to recognize the true, lasting talent of a band like The Ventures. The Ventures are more deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than any of the groups I listened to during my adolescence. The longevity of The Ventures proves the reality and purity of their music's passion and joy. You can't find that truth on the radio much anymore, and we shouldn't be complacent about losing it. It is past due time that we thank The Ventures for what they continue to give the world. I hope that no more time will be wasted before they are given the honor they have earned.

Please vote "YES" for induction of The Ventures in 2003. Because it's the right thing to do and now is the right time to do it!


Arnold E. van Beverhoudt, Jr.
Committee Co-Chairman

P.O. Box 56
St. Thomas, VI 00804-0056



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